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Rosenhaus: Top 10 NFL Draft Prospects At Each Offensive Position

In advance of the NFL combine, I've drawn up a list of my top 10 players at the offensive positions with a thought on each.

Coming Thursday, we tackle the defensive prospects that will be on display in Indianapolis.



  1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Has all the tools, character off the charts, will he throw at Combine?

  1. Jameis Winston, Florida State

Talented on the field, throws a ton of interceptions, can he answer off field concerns?

  1. Brett Hundley, UCLA

Athletically gifted, a project, can he improve his pocket presence?

  1. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

Decent arm, played in pro style offense, possible day two selection?

  1. Bryce Petty, Baylor

Spread offense, decision making a question mark, possesses good size but can he make the transition?

  1. Sean Mannion, Oregon State

Won't overwhelm you in any area, prototypical pocket passer, Mike Glennon clone?

  1. Cody Fajardo, Nevada

Ran Pistol at Nevada, clearly a project, does pure athleticism warrant a round 4 or 5 pick?

  1. Shane Carden, East Carolina

More of a West Coast QB, good decision maker, arm strength a concern?

  1. Brandon Bridge, South Alabama

Little known prospect, big arm, hidden day three sleeper?

  1. Blake Sims, Alabama

Not a great decision maker, unpolished product, didn't impress at Senior Bowl but will combine be a turning point?



  1. Todd Gurley, Georgia

Has everything you want in a back - my top RB to enter the league since Adrian Peterson. ACL concerns? Nope.

  1. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

Clearly what teams look for nowadays at the RB position - powerful runner, smooth hands, day one starter.

  1. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

Injuries slowed him down but had a great Senior Bowl week - capable of 20+ carries at just 5'11, 198?

  1. David Cobb, Minnesota

In a run heavy offense, Cobb set school records on way to a dominant year in Minnesota. Second round perhaps?

  1. Tevin Coleman, Indiana

Won't participate at combine due to foot injury but at little known Indiana he rolled to over 2000 yards. Love him.

  1. Duke Johnson, Miami

Reads blocks extremely well, not a home run threat but a very high floor as a prospect - day two lock?

  1. Jay Ajayi, Boise St

Another dual threat back, I'm a bit more down on him than others. Needs a zone blocking scheme. Falcons?

  1. David Johnson, Northern Iowa

Who? This small school prospect opened my eyes at Senior Bowl and is a natural pass catcher. Day two sleeper.

  1. TJ Yeldon, Alabama

Big, bruising back who would fit well in a pro style, smash mouth offense - huge at almost 6'3

  1. Javorius "Buck" Allen, USC

Was helped by a dynamic passing game in college but a heck of a prospect in his own right. Another big bruiser.



  1. Kevin White, West Virginia

My top WR in draft, he has it all - size, speed, body control - a future perennial Pro Bowler at the position.

  1. Amari Cooper, Alabama

Best route runner in the draft, excels in the open field better than any prospect, can he win one on one battles?

  1. DeVante Parker, Louisville

Makes tough, contested catches down the field on the regular - what will he run? Top 15 talent.

  1. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State

I've made Andre Johnson comparisons, but he may fall slightly short of that. Caught 82 balls and 10 TD a year ago.

  1. Sammie Coates, Auburn

Everything you want in terms of physical talent, and will test off the charts. Can he fix drops and route running?

  1. Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri

Probably would have gone top five if he had stayed in school. Off field concerns have teams asking many questions.

  1. Philip Dorsett, Miami

Will fly at combine, may set records, definitely a day two pick with his blazing speed - strong Senior Bowl too.

  1. Devin Funchess, Michigan

Hybrid WR/TE, Funchess was bright light on a bad Michigan team. Excels down the seam. Big red zone target.

  1. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

Small at just 5'10 but explosive, excellent punt and kick returner, can he handle the physicality?

  1. Devin Smith, Ohio State

Arguably the biggest deep threat in the draft - needs to show underneath ability at combine to rise up draft boards.



  1. Maxx Williams, Minnesota

Makes highlight reel catches seemingly every game, huge red zone target, Gronk-lite and a first round lock.

  1. Clive Walford, Miami

Great pass catcher, really came on his senior year with 44 catches and seven scores. Explosive down the seam.

  1. Nick O'Leary, Florida State

Needs to improve his blocking but a borderline second round pick on his pass catching prowess alone.

  1. Ben Koyack, Notre Dame

Had a nice Senior Bowl week, has played in pro style offense at Notre Dame, will interview extremely well.

  1. Wes Saxton, South Alabama

A virtual unknown, Saxton had 50 catches as a junior and has left the small school for the NFL. Huge potential.

  1. Nick Boyle, Delaware

Huge at 6'6, 258, plays bigger than that at the line of scrimmage, real sound blocker, decent hands.

  1. Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State

Wasn't used a whole lot but did have six TD his last two seasons, averaging over 15 yards a catch. Early day three.

  1. Jesse James, Penn State

Not a great blocker, will need to work on gaining strength, isn't more than a round five or six guy to me.

  1. Tyler Kroft, Rutgers

Like James, an underclassman that has a steep learning curve at the next level. Redshirt junior, day three prospect.

  1. Casey Pierce, Kent State

Led Golden Flashes in catches, yards and TD's as a redshirt senior. Good late round pass catching option.



  1. Brandon Scherff, Iowa

Mean streak, Outland Trophy winner (given to best lineman in country), lock for the top 10, high as five?

  1. La'el Collins, LSU

Looks to be a very solid, high floor first round prospect. May shift inside to guard at next level in run heavy offense.

  1. TJ Clemmings, Pittsburgh

Looked raw at Senior Bowl but has all the tools to become a top 10 LT in the league - more of a high end project.

  1. Andrus Peat, Stanford

Light on his feet for 6'7, he needs to find a mean streak and a coaching staff to get it out of him.

  1. Ereck Flowers, Miami

Struggled with upper echelon pass rushers (like Randy Gregory) but will vault up draft boards with strong combine.

  1. Laken Tomlinson, Duke

Run game mauler, prototypical left guard, strong Senior Bowl, came over from Jamaica just four years ago.

  1. Cameron Erving, Florida State

Probably the top center in the draft, he just doesn't fit at guard or tackle as he did at FSU. Needs to sit a year.

  1. Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State

Great pass blocker for his size, probably a right tackle in NFL. Could be a high day two pick.

  1. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M

Injured late in season, top 10-15 prospect before senior season, can he improve functional strength?

  1. Ali Marpet, Hobart College

Impressed against top d-linemen in country at Senior Bowl, showed versatilily playing on right AND left, sleeper?

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